Take a break from the bustle of London at the Foundling Museum and enjoy a gentle lunchtime recital by acclaimed harpist, Aisha Palmer.

Free with Museum admission.


J.S. Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D Minor BWV 565

Paul Hindemith – Sonata for Harp

Henriette Renié – Pièce Symphonique

Rhian Samuel – La Roca Blanca

Grace Williams – Hiraeth

Elias Parish-Alvars – Introduction and Variations on Airs from Bellini’s Opera ‘Norma’, Op.36


At the Royal Academy of Music under Karen Vaughan, Aisha Palmer graduated with a BMus First Class Honours and received the Regency Award. She is now commencing her Master of Arts under Catrin Finch.

Aisha won the Instrumental 19 and over Blue Ribbon Award 2023 in the Eisteddfod Genedlaethol. Previously Aisha won the Nansi Richards Scholarship in the Wales Harp Festival 2022. Winning the ESO Young Soloist Competition 2023 Aisha performed Tailleferre’s Harp Concerto with ESO. Aisha won the Professional Duet in the Hong Kong International Harp Competition 2022 and 1st Prize in the International Harp Competition “Walled Town” Cittadella.

Whether it’s performing with orchestras, exploring contemporary music or collaborating with other musicians, Aisha embraces every new challenge.

The MMSF Instrumental Fellowship Programme is supported by The Sidney Perry Foundation.


For the past few years, the Foundling Museum has partnered with the Philharmonia Orchestra to provide monthly recital opportunities for their MMSF Instrumental Fellows. The scheme has been developed to equip musicians at the start of their careers with real-world performance experience, whilst inviting them to engage with our history and collections through their programming.

The Philharmonia MMSF Instrumental Fellowship Programme (formerly the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund) has supported young musicians since 1968. Over the years, the programme has helped to prepare exceptionally talented instrumental students for a professional orchestral career. From mentoring with a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra to recital opportunities and training workshops, the Fellowship is an extensive programme that aims to develop emerging artists in a supportive and nurturing environment.